Media Studies

Investigate media industries, popular culture and digital technologies.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

The mass media of the internet, film, television, newspapers and advertising play a significant part in our daily lives.

This is a challenging subject where you will look critically and analytically at online media, magazines, institutions, audiences, drama and advertising marketing.

You will investigate media industries, popular culture and digital technologies to understand how television, film, journalism and online media inform, entertain and influence us. The subject combines practical and theoretical work in order to facilitate an understanding of key concepts including ‘representation’ or ‘audience’, as well as developing a range of specialist skills.

Entry requirements

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
  • Grade C/5 or above in GCSE English Language.

What will I study?

Year One

You will undertake extensive research and create and evaluate a magazine as part of your coursework. For the exam unit, you will develop textual analysis skills, through study of moving image, print-based and e-media. Additionally you will investigate case studies relating to representation, media language, industry and audience theory.

Year Two

You will have the opportunity to further develop your creative skills and an ability to critically evaluate your own work.

You will be assessed by examination and coursework.


Why should I choose USP College?

Teachers have industry experience in film production and music videos, including winning national awards for their work.


Additional costs

It is highly recommended that students have a monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud for Photoshop.

What could I do next?

Media Studies provides an excellent foundation for further study in media-related courses at Higher Education level, as well as for a range of related subject areas in the Arts and Humanities. This subject works well with many Arts, Humanities and Social Science A-Levels.

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